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I bought this bike as a celebration of my new job in 2009.

It was an ex-demo 2009 Yamaha XT660R. And WOW! After riding my very tired TT-R 250, going to this was amazing! POWER, decent speed (up to 175 km/h) and it pulled like a freight train! I only had the bike for just over 2 years and I only managed to rack up 1800 km's on it, so I used it as a trade-in on my 2012 XT1200Z super Tenere. 


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  • Punchy 660cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder engine with SOHC four valve cylinder head to improve intake efficiency.

  • Rocker arms with roller bearings fitted for the first time on a Yamaha motorcycle in order to reduce engine‚Äôs friction related power losses (50% less than without bearings).

  • Lightweight aluminium forged piston, with an anodised surface treatment applied on the piston head to reduce oil consumption and to increase heat resistance.








  • Engine Type:              Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, single
  • Displacement:             660cc
  • Bore x Stroke:            100.0 x 84.0 mm
  • Compression Ratio:    10.2 : 1
  • Lubrication System:    Dry sump
  • Fuel Management:       Electronic fuel injected
  • Ignition System:           TCI
  • Starter System:           Electric
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:    15 L
  • Final Transmission:     Chain drive
  • Transmittion:                5 - speed


  • Length:                       2240 mm
  • Width:                          845 mm
  • Height:                         1230 mm
  • Seat Height:                 865 mm
  • Wheelbase:                 1505 mm
  • Ground Clearence:      210 mm
  • Wet Weight:                 181 kg with 15 litres of fuel.


  • Suspension Front:       Telescopic fork
  • Suspension Rear:        Monocross
  • Brakes Front:               Single disc
  • Brakes Rear:                Single disc
  • Tyres Front:                 90 / 90 - 21 M/C
  • Tyres Rear:                  130 / 80 - 17 M/C

This bike was a good stepping stone to the XT1200Z, but as I got used to the power and speed I lost interest with the bike. Still, I glad I got it and it will hold a special place in my hart as it pointed me to the Super Tenere.


Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:39